Summertime in Madison

Landscape with golden sunset over the lake Mendota with silhouette of bicycle on a wooden pier on a foreground. Scenic view from Tenney Park city of Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
Summertime in Madison
June 11, 2019

HotelRED is just steps away from the University of Wisconsin’s legendary Camp Randall Stadium and the eclectic shopping, sights, and sounds of Monroe Street, so it’s safe to say we are right in the mix of things here in Madison. Our team delivers the local color to anyone wanting to experience Madison the RED way. Whether guests are curious about activities to partake in or restaurants to visit, our staff is more than happy to pass along their expertise.

Jeri, Restaurant Manager:

Recommends the Madison Children’s Museum, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, and Henry Vilas Zoo

Nikki, Front Desk Agent:

Recommends hiking at Devil’s Lake State Park. Devil’s Lake State Park is located in Baraboo, Wisconsin and is Wisconsin’s most popular state park with about 3 million visitors per year. The park anchors more than 27,000 acres of parkland and natural areas open to public recreation in Sauk County.

Patti, Sales & Event Manager: 

Recommends Portage and Paddle, Art Fair on the Square, Atwood Festival, and Pontoon Porch.

Georgina, Rooms Division Manager:

“As a fairly active Madisonian in the summer I try my best to get some sort of outdoor workout in every day. Some of my favorite activities are rollerblading, biking and walking my dogs around Madison. If you are visiting and enjoy being active I highly recommend heading down Regent St. to Budget Bicycles, renting the bike type of your choice (they have road bikes, commuter bikes and mountain bikes for rent) and exploring some of our awesome local trails!

 I have two favorite classic Madison area rides, the first is heading down the Southwest Commuter Path West to Paoli. The Southwest path is part of the badger state trail, a converted rail line. This is awesome because it means you will not have any hills that are greater than a 10% incline. It is about 10 miles each way and overall pretty flat but there are some hills as your ride down into Paoli and again as you climb back out. Paoli is a lovely small Wisconsin town and there is a great spot to sit by the river and eat some local ice cream! Ride total around 20 miles with some hills in the middle as you enter/exit Paoli.

My second favorite classic Madison ride is the Lake Loop. From the hotel it is about a 16 mile ride that is well signed by the city. You explore downtown Madison, Monona and the near East Side of the Madison Isthmus. I like to do this ride heading West ending the ride going through downtown so I can stop for a bite, beer or scoop of ice cream near the end of my ride. Some of my favorite end of ride spots are the Chocolate Shoppe in the Atwood neighborhood for ice cream, The Rigby for fries and beer on a beautiful patio just off the Capitol Square and Madison Sourdough a great brunch spot. My personal favorite is their take on in Shakshuka, an Israeli classic! Ride from hotel is between 16 and 17 miles with some rolling hills throughout.”

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